- The Springboks suffered a heart-breaking last-minute defeat to the All Blacks
- The All Blacks sealed the victory with the last kick of the match to take the win
- South Africa lead for all but 79 minutes of the match at Loftus Versfeld
The Springboks suffered a heart-breaking last minute 32-30 defeat against the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday evening. The All Blacks took a dramatic win with the last kick of the match.
South Africa led for all but 79 minutes of the match, only surrendering the lead with a 79th minute try by Ardie Savea which tied the scores at 30 points each. Richie Mo'unga converted the try to hand New Zealand the win with the last move of the match.
The match thrilled the near-capacity Loftus crowd from the first kick to the final whistle. The two sides were evenly matched throughout the pulsating encounter.
Briefly.co.za gathered that South Africa proved to be the more dominant side in the opening quarter of the match, dominating possession and territory for much of the first half (and indeed the match).
Unfortunately, the Springboks could not convert their dominance into a greater lead as the mighty All Blacks kept the Springboks within points range for much of the first half.
According to Sport24.com the half-time score was 6-6. South Africa dominated the early part of the second half as New Zealand looked far from being the best side in the world.
The Springboks eventually opened up a lead of 30-13 lead with just ten minutes left to play. This is when it all unravelled and the All Blacks showed their true class.
The World Champions made a stunning comeback to turn the match around in just 8 minutes, the match will be remembered as a truly classic encounter between the two great rugby rivals.
The Springboks will take heart from being so competitive against the All Blacks despite not really being given a chance to take what could and should have been a second win against the best team in the world.
South Africa’s Malcolm Marx was named the man of the match
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